Mauna Kea Astronomy Jobs serves to bring you employment, internship and volunteer job listings in the fields of astronomy science, engineering, administration and support services at the observatories and organizations operating on Mauna Kea, on the Big Island of Hawaii. Job listings include astronomy jobs on the summit as well as at observatory headquarters located in Hilo and Waimea. This site also features links and information about our area resources and useful links for job seekers.

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NASA Infrared Telescope Facility

The IRTF is a 3.0 meter telescope, optimized for infrared observations, operated and managed for NASA by the University of Hawai`i Institute for Astronomy. Observing time is open to the entire astronomical community, and 50% of the IRTF observing time is reserved for studies of solar system objects.

Very Long Baseline Array

The VLBA is a system of ten radio-telescope antennas,each with a dish 25 meters (82 feet) in diameter and weighing 240 tons. From Mauna Kea on the Big Island of Hawaii to St. Croix in the U.S. Virgin Islands, the VLBA spans more than 5,000 miles, providing astronomers with the sharpest vision of any telescope on Earth or in space.

Mauna Kea Observatories Support Services

Mauna Kea Observatories Support Services (MKSS) provides operational and logistical support for shared services to all observatories and the facilities at Hale Pohaku. MKSS operates the Visitor Information Station at the 9300 ft. elevation, provides free stargazing, Hawaiian cultural and scientific programs to the public. MKSS supports the ranger services... [more]

University of Hawaii Institute for Astronomy

The Institute for Astronomy is one of the world's leading astronomical research centers. Its broad-based program includes studies of the Sun, planets, and stars, as well as interstellar matter, galaxies, and cosmology. IFA operates the University of Hawaii 2.2-meter telescope atop Mauna Kea.

Huiana Internship Program

The Huiana Internship Program focuses on Hawaii Island youth as the labor force of the future. With the strategy to develop the workplace skills of our island high school students, the internship program places high school students in 60-hour internships that are tied to their career pathway interests.

Gemini Observatory

The Gemini Observatory consists of twin 8.1-meter diameter optical/infrared telescopes located on two of the best observing sites on the planet. From their locations on mountains in Hawai‘i and Chile, Gemini Observatory’s telescopes can collectively access the entire sky.

Joint Astronomy Centre

The Joint Astronomy Centre provides services and support to enable community and staff astronomers to undertake top-quality, front-line international-class research using the James Clerk Maxwell Telescope (JCMT); to develop the JCMT in order to maintain its position as the most advanced observatory of its kind in the world; to operate the United Kingdom... [more]

University of Hawaii at Hilo

UH-Hilo operates an educational telescope on Mauna Kea. The new 0.9 meter (36 inch) telescope is scheduled to be operational Summer of 2012. The telescope will be used both to train students in observatory operations and to conduct research projects with student participation, either as research assistants or in theses and other student projects.

Canada France Hawaii Telescope

The Canada France Hawaii Telescope Corporation hosts a world-class, 3.6 meter optical/infrared telescope atop Mauna Kea on the island of Hawai‘i. We are at the forefront of astronomical research, operating state of the art CCD and infrared mosaic cameras and echelle spectrometers, and are currently undertaking extensive scientific instrument and facility... [more]

Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory Submillimeter Array Hawaii

The Submillimeter Array (SMA) is an 8-element radio interferometer. SMA explores the universe by detecting light of colors via millimeter and submillimeter radiation which are not visible to the human eye. SMA is a joint project between the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory and the Academia Sinica Institute of Astronomy and Astrophysics.

Imiloa Astronomy Center

'Imiloa's mission is to honor Maunakea by sharing Hawaiian culture and science to inspire exploration. The ‘Imiloa Astronomy Center is a gathering place that advances the integration of science and indigenous culture through diverse exhibits, programs and events featuring leading technologies, environmental resources, and cultural practitioners.

TMT Observatory Corporation Thirty Meter Telescope

TMT Observatory Corporation is a non-profit corporation managing the development and construction of the Thirty Meter Telescope, a large optical-infrared telescope to be built on the summit of Mauna Kea on the island of Hawai’i by an international partnership. The TMT project office in Pasadena leads and coordinates the work in the U.S. and at partner... [more]

Subaru Telescope

The Subaru telescope on Mauna Kea is Japan's premier optical-infrared telescope operated by the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan. The telescope is one of the world's largest and most technologically advanced telescopes with an effective aperture of 8.2 m. Through the open use program astronomers throughout the world have access to Subaru's... [more]

Caltech Submillimeter Observatory

The Caltech Submillimeter Observatory (CSO) is a cutting-edge facility for astronomical research and instrumentation development. It is simultaneously one of the world's premier submillimeter telescopes and one of the easiest to use. It consists of a 10.4-meter diameter Leighton radio dish situated in a compact dome.

Akamai Workforce Initiative

The Akamai Internship Program offers 2-year and 4-year college students an opportunity to get involved in research and technology at the Mauna Kea observatories (and sometimes Mauna Loa!). The program is aimed at developing a local workforce and offers 8-week summer internships to students attending a Hawaii college or university, or to students from Hawaii... [more]

W.M. Keck Observatory

The W. M. Keck Observatory operates two 10-meter optical/infrared telescopes on the summit of Mauna Kea on the Big Island of Hawaii. The twin telescopes feature a suite of advanced instruments including imagers, multi-object spectrographs, high-resolution spectrographs, integral-field spectroscopy and a world-leading laser guide star adaptive optics system... [more]

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